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Sketches of Spain
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Strange that some reviewers expected Sketches of Spain to sound like Kind of Blue - well, no, it doesn't. Neither did On the Corner sound like Milestones, and Tutu wasn't too much like Bag's Groove.
But for me Concierto De Aranjuez, which opened Sketches of Spain, has become so Miles that I can't listen to the work performed as Rodrigo intended - with a guitar - and I much prefer the CD to Miles Ahead, which was recorded a little earlier with Gill Evans and the orchestra.
Miles told John McLaughlin his favourite record was Tribute to jack Johnson, which JM presumed was because Miles played such a long (and improvised) solo. But the trumpet sound on Sketches of Spain - and sometimes Miles "calls" almost like a blues, and the track 'Saeta' is almost a muezzin call to prayer - is just as committed. It's certainly haunting, a kind of blues flemenco with much more percussion that on the other orchestral records done with Gill Evans.
Naturally some critic asked Miles if it was jazz. "What do you think?" he replied. Well, he didn't call him a *********.
Great record (and the new CD has a coupla extra takes on the Concierto and a little piece called SOng of Our Country that didn't make the cut).
Was listening to this summer driving round Ireland with Bernard of Yate the jazz freak. Breeze. Miles. Nuff said.
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on 14 June 2015
This was the third collaboration between Miles and arranger Gil Evans and the result is a masterpiece although jazz experts don't rate it as highly as Kind of Blue which is a pity because i think it is it's equal.Evans's orchestral score is beautiful to listen to as is Miles's playing.There's so many highlights on this record it's hard to know where to start but the opening track Concerto De Aranjuez which should be familiar to most people is utterly stunning and sets the pace for whats to come.An astonishingly inventive album you can return to again and again even if you don't like jazz. My desert island Miles record.
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on 23 July 2014
Why is this such a well loved album ? I have friends who have extensive rock collections and one solitary jazz album - this one . The melodies are beautiful . The Gil Evans arrangements are incredible . Miles plays like a sombre but mischievous Puck throughout. But there is something more . It is one of the few records ever made which totally transcends it's genre in much the same way as Dark Side Of The Moon or Sergeant Pepper . We played it at the Crem as my wife's brother's coffin arrived - a fitting coda to a sad and troubled life .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
Loved this record. Brought together the playing and arranging of Miles Davis with my knowledge and enjoyment of Spanish music. Superb.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
When I got this album it came in a three pack which included Kind of Blue and Porgy and Bess; this is fundamental Jazz; another classic from this man; whos life I have now adopted as god status; this is the man that got me into to Jazz in a massive way, this and its two companians are the three greatest Jazz albums from Davis and up there amoungst the best ever recorded
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2013
This particular CD is really evocative of Spain and the amazing and talented jazz musicians make this a truly inspiring listen.
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on 12 November 2012
Not a lot to say: except to remind you this is one of the four Gill Evans records which Miles made.
They are of course an essential quartet ( Porgy & Bess: Miles Ahead: Quiet Night: Sketches of Spain ) for Miles collectors.
Sketches Of Spain Is especially interesting, because the traditional guitar parts have been transcribed for the trumpet.

A record to keep and treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2013
Work of an artist who knows how to make get music sit back and enjoy a great sound just NICE
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on 15 October 2009
I discovered this recently and it is just breath taking. I am not a great Miles Davis fan, but this is unlike anything I have heard of his before, I assume that is down to Gil Evans arrangements. I would even recommend this to people who are not jazz fans. It has such a strong atmosphere and is a real listening experience.
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on 11 March 2014
This recording is Miles Davis's brilliant interpretation of Rodrigo's 'Concerto De Aranjuez'. I first heard 'sketches Of Spain' in the early 60's and loved it. The arrangement is extraordinary and any one who listens to Miles Davis should have this recording in their collection.
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